The last regular season game ended in disappointment for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls hockey team, when they fell behind to Marshfield late in the third period and dropped a 4-3 decision Thursday evening.
Both teams started strong, but it was Marshfield who scored the game’s first goal with 3:55 remaining in the first period.
Marshfield scored again four minutes into the second, gaining a two goal advantage. For much of the period it was a game of cat and mouse. Both teams were strong on the forecheck, but unable to keep the puck in their opponent’s zone for long. With 4:28 remaining, the Vineyarders were able to diminish the gap with a goal from Emily Hammett, assisted by Belle Dinning.
The Vineyarders returned to the third period with a fresh confidence; Olivia Ogden tied the game on a hard shot from the high left point to score her first varsity goal, assisted by Haven Huck. Erin Hegarty followed suit three minutes later, giving the Vineyarders a 3-2 lead.
Marshfield quickly battled back, tying the game at 3-3 with four minutes remaining in the third. With only thirty seconds remaining in the game, a chaotic scramble in front of Vineyard goaltender Julia Bettencourt led to another goal, and a 4-3 victory for Marshfield.
Following a longstanding tradition, the last home game of the season was “senior night” for the four Varsity and three J.V. members of the girls hockey program. Prior to the game, the senior girls received flowers from their coaches which they then presented to their parents.
The junior varsity seniors included Emelia Cappelli, Alice Keenan, and Mikayla Tinus. Senior members of the varsity squad were Emily Hammett, Callie Jackson, Alex Clark, and Haven Huck. Ms. Hammett and Ms. Jackson both played on the varsity squad for four years and are co-captains. Ms. Clark has played varsity the past three years, and Ms. Huck the past two.
Ms. Hammett netted a goal on what could be her last game on MVRHS ice. “All four of our seniors have been instrumental in changing the culture and the competition of our team,” said head coach John Fiorito. “This is the third year in a row we’ve made the state tournament.”
Despite Thursday night’s loss, the MVRHS girls have already secured a spot in the 2014 state tournament. The bracket is expected to be announced Saturday afternoon. “We could run into a team like Academy — they’re 10-10 — or we could get paired against a team like King Philip who we tied Monday,” said Mr. Fiorito. “But we’re excited to get ready and play. We start practice tomorrow .”